Friday, October 31, 2014

dupont mesa lignite

"A jug fills drop by drop." (Gautama Buddha)

Well, what a day.  I picked up the house early, walked the dogs at 7, back inside to gather some wits and some stuff and hit the studio early right after the drug store.  It was one of those days that I generated messes rather than cleaned up messes, but I did get some [ants hemmed in between appliquéing clams and mussels on a shirt.  Dropped stuff at Goodwill, changed my pin at the bank because I haven't used my debit card in a few weeks and FORGOT the number sequence after using it for several years.  Old age is hell,but pretty soon I won't even remember that.  I did remember to pick up a load of chicken parts to make the dog's soup.
Then the second photographer from the real estate company was due so I spent  time stashing stuff in the ovens, in the washer and dryer, all the closets, wherever the 'things of life' would fit.  A friend gave me a pumpkin with sunflowers in it, like a vase, and I love it in the middle of the table but it's too season-specific and I had to get it out of the frame so it's under the sink.  Other stuff was put in the car.  The dogs were relegated to the garage because I didn't have time to stick them in the studio.  And of course within  three minutes they set off the motion alarm in there and I couldn't get it off.  Very exciting and frustrating day, one thing after another.  
Never made it back for Round 2 at the studio-  the plan was that I would have to go back to pick up the dogs but that never happened.  

It’s not hard to imagine what Dutch design trio We Make Carpets, makes. True to their name, Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten and Bob Waardenburg create carpets, but not they kind you’re thinking of. Mixing traditional pattern making with a critical view of consumer society, the group creates unusual carpets using everything from crayons and fireworks to cocktail umbrellas, plastic forks and dried pasta. From a distance we simply see a decorative carpet. But upon closer inspection the meticulously assorted collection of dense materials reveal themselves.

After 2 weeks of labor, Japanese artist and painter Yusuke Asai has completed a stunning mural that looks as though it was created with a large palette of brown paints, but in actuality he used 27 different types of soil. Since he was commissioned to do this work in Houston, Texas, Asai used dirt that was local to the area. He was expecting to have 10 different shades, but was pleasantly surprised with the 17 bonus soils, collected by students and volunteers, which included shades of red, green, and yellow. Although Asai has been doing this work since 2008, he has never worked with so many shades. He calls this piece “yamatane”, which is Japanese for “mountain seed”. Surprisingly, the only art training that Asai has had was a ceramics class in high school. When he realized he could not afford art school at a university, he studied folk and tribal art on his own at zoos and museums, and perfected his own techniques.

So, only a few hours to go wit this Halloween thing, barely got this doggie in on time.  Hope it washes off by morning, and nobody is caught in the bathtub with him.

And finally, we cannot move on to November without the requisite Squirrel Celebration-  it involved donning a very small pumpkin and carefully checking out the insides while scaring off smaller rodents.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

chromate demonstrable doormen

(I was at TJ's yesterday and practically came to blows over a pair of shoes, but fortunately for both of us they didn't feel comfortable to me and besides they were too much money so I LET IT GO!  If there was any chance in hell I could have actually easily put them on they would be more but they were ankle straps with buckles and a real pain to get on)

Talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so. I want to be great, or nothing. I won't be a commonplace dauber, so I don't intend to try any more. (Louisa May Alcott)

Hmmm, I can't much agree with ole Louisa May on that one!  My experience is that you can't give up on something you really love to do after just a few tries.  You have to do it, do it some more, take a class, practice, practice, practice and then do it a whole lot more.  The bad experiments get either tossed or recycled-  one canvas can have layers of your history 10 deep!  Or one quilt can moulder in the bottom drawer unfinished for years before being hauled out and cut up for parts for a new idea.  I'll get this quote wrong and I'm too lazy to chase it down, but the essence is that the prepared mind plays with the objects it loves!  

A hex on the hexagons!  The giant too-heavy-to-lift, still-in-progress afghan/rug/car cozy:
(above, the completed section, below the loose hexes waiting for attachment-
out of the frame, ME with a look of distress, boredom and intent to finish!)

An old friend called yesterday because she was in town for a few days and we went out to lunch at a place on the water to watch the boats.  Since she was alone, she asked me to go out to dinner too with some additional friends but I reluctantly declined knowing TY was leaving the morning for Atlanta and would want dinner at home.  So I made a chicken curry and it was all ready when he grabbed his keys to go to a movie with his friends-  I had forgotten this plan though he had told me earlier in the week.  I quickly called Annie back and got her before she left so I also had a lovely dinner on the water at a different restaurant with different friends!  So today I am on a food boycott!  

So today I have to catch up with things I must show you-

Dai Li  was born in Sichauan, China, in 1987, and now lives and works in Queensland, Australia. She makes these hysterically funny ceramic sculptures, jewelry, and functional ware.  You simply MUST visit the artist’s website to see more of her work.

It boggles the mind how artist Carol Milne was able to manipulate glass to look like row upon row of intertwined yarn. You see, the melting point of glass is between 1,400-1,600 degrees Fahrenheit, so how was she able to knit the fragile – not to mention very hot – material into intricate artworks?
Milne invented the process herself in 2006. She first makes a wax model of the sculpture, which is then encased by a refractory mold material (that can withstand hot temperatures.) The second step involves melting out the wax with steam and replacing it with pieces of glass. She then heats the mold to 1,400-1,600 degrees Fahrenheit, which melts the glass, allowing it to occupy the mold’s empty cavities. The piece is left to cool for several weeks before Milne starts chipping away at the shell to reveal the details of the sculpture.

And finally, HOME SWEET HOME, if you're a ground owl~

My new dumpster, my new sand delivery. 

My New House is finally underway!

squirrelgirl, clenched fists yet smiling!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

brushwork albeit cicero

Today was my Stitch group, always a nice way to spend a Tuesday morning.  We basically just sit around a big table and do knitting or needlepoint, or whatever we are working on. Nice to hear the gossip and the people slide down from the northeast for the season.  Things are poppin' already, the traffic is getting thick and the stores are full again.  I really love summer down here when you can get around so easily.

We got our house photographs today but the realtor isn't happy with them so I now have to go through the place AGAIN hiding things, clearing surfaces, polishing up.  TY will be out of town so I will be able to make it look good in no time without his shoes by the door and his newspapers on the tables.  I will stash the doggies in the studio again, air condition them and give them a peanut butter kong-  they will never know I'm gone.  I do hate to leave them because IF they decide to bark, I have offices on both sides they will bother.  

I took a break from the studio today, a break from dealing with Comcast and Apple and my own OCD electronic anxieties.  It absolutely frosts me I can't figure this out, but my latest is, since the modem keeps kicking out unexpectedly, it's either the cable into my modem OR perhaps the electric line.  SOMETHING is phasing in and out and turning off the modem.  I have every expectation my brand new Airport is fine but it's not getting the signal it should.  Anyway I will be back there tomorrow and fiddling more with it.  
 amazing 'helper' dogs retrieving a ball from the pool

mad dogs out in the noonday sun, Englishwoman inside taking pictures of dogs too dumb to come inside.  Note-  four steps to their left is a pool but they are SCARED of it.  Sigh.

 Spanish street artist Pejac recently took a trip to Istanbul, using his time there to give the city a few new windows (in his own illusory street art style of course). His work fits seamlessly into the local architecture and would probably be missed if they weren’t so interesting and different. While in the ancient city, he created a piece that looks like a keyhole, a gothic arched window, and a tiny window with massive wooden shutters.

A selfie is a shot of one’s self, yes, but it is characterized by the blatant self-importance of it, the self-promotion, the self-self-self. It is, generally, a tactless and shameless documentation of ME. The only statement being made, if any, is a call for attention. We have only recently, as a society, begun to feel comfortable enough to do something once considered impolite or, selfish. While art could easily be argued to be some of these things, such as egomaniacal (and this would be an eternally long argument), you could hardly consider a conceptual portrait to be in the same ballpark, or game, as a selfie.Finland-based artist Iiu Susiraja  work is not an anti-selfie, it is simply art. If we compare her work with a generic selfie, there are some major differences in intention, audience, and presentation. What is the intention behind the piece; is the artist working as a medium to transmitting a message that reaches beyond the mere documentation of her own existence, or is it tepid self-promotion? 

Get that squirrel out of here!  Run down your little Lego steps, squirrel, run!

Whew, a Squirrel Journal (from C&B) for him to write down his adventures.  A squirrel on a bike.  Like that would happen...

Oh, how wrong I can be.

Monday, October 27, 2014

captivate clarendon chrome

John Baldesarri

You have to get beyond your own precious inner experiences. (Stella Adler)

Off today to do more battle with Comcast and mess about with the thirty things I've got going in the studio.  And drive by the lot to see if anybody's there!  We made friends with our new neighbors-to-be last night because he is keeping a close watch on everything happening there-  maybe a bit TOO close, but I have a feeling this might be great theater for them!  And I've decided I really need some help with this process, a different set of eyes looking at what I am doing and what I want the place to look like.  Our builder is a nice guy, he built an then renovated our current house so we have a 20 year history with him,  but I am not trusting that we are on the same page yet.  We'll see if we can find someone today that won't have visions of grandeur and want to put up floor to ceiling heavy chintz draperies.  I'm an open window kind of lego-squirrel!  
And BTW, I've received a few purple-stove comments, and rest easy that as much as I love that stove, I will pick something a bit more conservative, still a color, but more in line with what might still please me 10 years from now.  Thanks all for the permission and encouragement to get the purple, it's running in second or third place right now.  I LOVE your feedback, thanks so much.  But really, if your new neighbor asked you over for coffee, would you love to see a purple stove or would it brand hr as a nut job from the get-go?  

Today I have limited my 'art' choices to Lego art-  it's quite amazing what people do!  One day at Urban Outfitters I found a little envelope of the tiniest little Legos to build a parakeet.  I spent hours on the thing-  about 2" high, then had enough pieces left to make part of another one.  More hours...  But he is way cute, and it is very satisfying to concentrate on something besides sewing for awhile.  My boy grandkids are still too little for regular Lego, but you can bet at first chance I will be the one who gets the Big Set!  

Painting/ Drawing  Lego Guernica:  The bas-relief replica is considerably smaller than the 137.4-by-305.5-inch original, measuring just 14.5 inches across and 7 inches in height. While it took Picasso about a month to paint his gloomy antiwar masterpiece, which depicts the bombing of the titular Basque town by German and Italian forces on April 26, 1937, Watson created her version in under two days, using more than 800 Lego bricks.
And some other copies of iconic art rendered in Lego~

Hmmm, they just look like bad photos of the art, low resolution, pixilated!  

 Brazilian artist Valentino Fialdini, who specializes in architectural photography, told Modern Met that the Lego pieces were an attempt to create his own architecture. He captures these mini worlds and then blows them up in large photos, causing a distortion in perspective that makes them feel life size.
Note the minimalist hallways he’s created. They remind me of white box galleries with a splash of color at the end of a long sterile hallway.  Indeed, these seem less like Lego structures and more like buildings in themselves, until you start paying closer attention to the reflection of the materials. And that’s when you realize that, yep, they are indeed Lego.

BRIDGE:I recently came across the work of street artist Megx, who painted a bridge in Wuppertal, Germany, to look like it’s made of gigantic Lego blocks. The photos look convincing, with the signature grooves seemingly carved into the bridge, while the colors gleam bright over the street. It’s amazing how the bridge, which appears to previously have been drab concrete, looks so much more lively now.

LEGO is celebrating 50 years in Australia with an array of installations across the country, with the most recent set up in the rural town of broken hill, new south wales. residents of the outback locale were surprised to wake up to a life-size forest made up of 15 four-meter high pine trees and flower sets recreated to a 1:1 ratio of the original pieces, and then supersized to be 66 times bigger.

Nathan Sawaya, a New York-based artist who creates very nice pieces using some unlikely things, mostly LEGO bricks. He seems to be the most prolific of the Lego artists, with some realistic and exacting copies of portraits, logos, large and small sculptures ... all made of bricks.He only uses commercial Lego he purchases so he claims ANYBODY can do this-  I don't think so... He is currently touring North American museums in a show titled The Art of the Brick, an exhibition focused exclusively on LEGO as a way of art

LITTLE GUYS: An art installation with 1200 wee Lego men by the English studio Acrylicize.

And, in the spirit of Lego art, I also have some squirrels for you today-
 a gray,

 and a red

Take your pick!

or me,